13 June 2016
Over 450 people filled St Luke’s Church in Chelsea on Thursday 9 June for a Civic Service to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester joined the Mayor and Councillors, together with residents and representatives from a wide range of local charities and voluntary organisations. The congregation were among the first to hear a piece written by Judith Weir, Master of The Queen’s Music, sung by St Luke’s choir, which also featured in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral the following day.
Led by the Reverend Prebendary Brian Leathard, Rector of Chelsea, representatives from other faiths joined with the Mayor’s Chaplain, Father Ronald Creighton-Jobe, and those from other Christians denominations in a service of ‘Glad Hymns of Praise’.
As well as the two famous anthems: ‘Zadok the Priest’ and ‘I was Glad’, the congregation sang hymns that were sung at the wedding of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, at the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee services and at the Coronation.
The Mayor, Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford, said: "The Queen has long been held in respect and admiration as our Sovereign. Tonight, alongside those feelings, what shone through was the huge affection people feel for Her Majesty as a person. I am indebted to Reverend Brian and all at St Luke’s for the warmth of their welcome and for arranging a service that enabled us to express so fully our joy in this, The Queen’s 90th year."
Afterwards the congregation had an opportunity to mix at a reception hosted by the Mayor where the celebration continued to the sounds of a steel band.
Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: "It was wonderful to see the church so full and such a large number of voluntary and community organisations turning out. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester spoke to many people at the reception and the evening gave a taste of the real variety and diversity that makes up the Royal Borough."